I don’t talk much about music here but it has been a big part of my life. I spent a good chunk of my younger years playing in bands and writing music. As a Tool fan (one of my two favourite bands ever), I follow all things Maynard James Keenan (the singer), and a few years ago I learned he was making wines and someone was selling them in Australia. I bought three bottles of the Chupacabra, which were enjoyed on special occasions. I’m probably biased but I really liked them. I found it to be a very complex and balanced wine, highly enjoyable and well worth its price ($100 for the 3 bottles).
Fast forward and I found out the distributors in Australia (Sip Wine) were running a master class on Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards wines. The master class was ran by Matt Irwin, who is not only passionate about wine but knows a thing or two about MJK and the wine regions he has chosen for growing his wines.
With MJK’s music on the background, we got to taste ten (!) of his excellent wines:
- 2013 Chupacabra Blanca
- 2013 The Diddler
- 2013 Chupacabra
- 2013 Shinola
- 2013 Tarzan
- 2012 Sancha
- 2012 Nagual de la Naga
- 2012 Le Cortigiane Oneste
- 2012 Primer Paso
- 2012 Anubis
They were all good; in fact not just good but complex and balanced. My favourites were The Diddler and Nagual de la Naga, with Tarzan and Chupacabra coming close.
These wines are not cheap ($35-$99 a bottle) but well worth their cost if you can afford them, especially if you are a MJK/Tool fan. Find out more in the website below.